We have previously tested cables from the Chinese manufacturer Lunashop and were really impressed with the quality of their products. This time it is a cheaper copper model (Tested at $50/1.25m) than 99% Pure Silver cable from Lunashops we tested last time, but the experience of using this cable exceeded all expectations.
This is 16 cores 99% Pure 7N OCC Copper Cable. OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) is the name given to the casting process developed to help eliminate grain boundaries in copper or silver with a unique patented process. The OCC casting method uses specialized heated moulds in order to draw a single crystal up to 125 meters in length. With only a single crystal in very long lengths, there is an unimpeded free path for the best possible signal transfer. Along with this superior single long crystal structure, OCC provides copper and silver with the least possible oxides and other impurities – this is how the manufacturer describes the cable production method on their Aliexpress store.
In fact, the cable is really very soft and pleasant to the touch. 3.5 connectors, apparently gold-plated, feel very solid and quality. Cable thickness 4.47mm – which should suit the most demanding customer. While this is a chunky cable, it’s also extremely flexible and shouldn’t cause any issues when installed.
The cable is suitable for the vast majority of modern headphones that use 3.5mm connectors like almost the entire line Hifiman, Beyerdynamic, Meze Audio and many other.
In fact, today it is easier to clarify whether the manufacturer uses any other cables for their headphones than to clarify whether they use 3.5mm (of course, when it comes to full-size headphones). This also applies to most amplifiers that use a balanced 4 Pin XLR output today, today it is perhaps an unspoken standard, and a cable of this level requires really high-quality devices in your stack.
Perhaps the only thing we will note here is a noname 4 pin XLR connector, we would like to see something like Neutrik connectors here. However, the connector itself feels pretty good and does not raise any questions at all.
The Lunashops 16 Core 7N OCC Cable isn’t a cable you should judge on an initial quick listen. Although what you will immediately hear is an incredible elaboration of low frequencies, the bass drum gets elasticity and volume, percussion and cymbals acquire realistic metallic color. This is what it should be, in any case, you immediately understand that these high frequencies should sound like that.
We tested this cable on our main Hifiman Sundara and the first impression is the incredible composure of the overall sound image. The sound is impressively detailed, uncovering low-level information and arranging it in a stable form. After a while of listening, you begin to realize that you are hearing some sounds of instruments that were not present in previously familiar compositions. At first it is difficult to grasp what exactly is the matter, but over time you clearly see exactly where the difference is.
It is difficult to say whether the process of manufacturing this cable gives such an effect, or it is a feature of copper in general, but you definitely get more intelligible low frequencies and natural highs. And all this in a generally coherent overall sound picture.
The Lunashops 16 Core 7N OCC Cable this is when the cable brings new breath to your system. If you think your midrange stack needs some kind of update, try to start with this cable, maybe this is exactly what you needed. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get high quality, and the Lunashops 16 Core 7N OCC Cable is a clear proof of that. This is a great option for budget/midrange systems due to its ability to give the sound softness and coherence. And yes, perhaps we will leave this cable as the main one for our future tests, also add it to “our choice“. Five stars.
Official site: www.lunashops.com